Excerpt Reveal: Hitched by Kendall Ryan

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Today is the excerpt reveal for Hitched (Imperfect Love #1) by Kendall Ryan. scroll down to read more about this book and read the excerpt.

hitched 1Title: Hitched: Volume One
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he’s always desired in order to save his father’s company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.

Praise for Hitched:
“Charming, swoony and playful, Kendall Ryan’s Hitched left me salivating for more. More Noah, more Olivia, more of this series which already has my heart all aflutter, my smile perma-pinned to my face, and my mind aching for answers.” — Give Me Books

“Hitched was a perfect non-stop read!” – Jacqueline’s Reads

“Childhood friends and now frenemies forced to wed and make a baby in mere months? I’m IN!” – Bookalicious Babes Blog

“Fun, flirty and steamy, Hitched will have you addicted from the first word! Kendall Ryan delivered big time, I’m practically salivating for more!” – Angie, Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads

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Excerpt:
I give him a skeptical look. “You want to show me your dick?”

“If it’ll help convince you.” He drains the last drops of his Scotch and stands up. “Come on, let’s go.”

I stare after him as he walks away.

Is he serious? He’s just going to whip it out? I look around to see if anyone is watching me, then I get up and follow him to the bar’s back hallway, near the restrooms, unable to comprehend why the hell I’m humoring him. This is ridiculous.

Once we’re safely in a private corner, Noah undoes his belt, opens his fly . . . and pulls out a fucking fire hose.

Holy mother of God. My hands fly to my mouth. I want to gasp in shock, but there’s no way I’m giving him the upper hand.

He was right. His cock is nothing short of massive, and it’s not even fully erect right now. Nine inches may actually be a conservative estimate of what it might look like hard. He must destroy men’s egos every time he walks into a locker room. And I don’t even want to think about what he destroys with women . . .

“Meh. I’ve seen bigger,” I force out, fighting to maintain my composure.

Noah chuckles. “I don’t think so, sweetheart.”

“Well, th-that monster is not coming anywhere near my uterus. No, thank you. I prefer to keep my organs intact.”

Noah’s grin widens. “I doubt that, but just to be on the safe side, I’ll ease it in nice and slow. Piece of cake. Plus, you’ve got good health insurance, right?”

“That is not funny, Noah. Now, put that thing away or I’ll remove it.”

I try to sound stern, but my shaking voice and bright red cheeks surely give me away. Why the hell can’t I stop staring?

He chuckles—yeah, the jerk can definitely see right through me—but he obliges, tucking the beast back into its lair.

Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Blog Tour: Empire by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Empire (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken. I share my review of this book in today’s post and there are some teaser images and an excerpt.

empire smash cover artTitle: Empire
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #7
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Dark Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I have lost everything.
My purpose
My love
My soul
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle — the promise I made her brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I don’t want to be fixed.
But the Empire is crumbling and it’s my job to fix it.
My job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
A trip to New York, only one chance to redeem a lost part of our mafia family.
The only issue is, the only way to fix it, is to do something I swore I’d never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time,
I won’t fall.
Or so help me God, I will kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandonoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate?
You have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.

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My Review:
My heart was shredded after finishing Elude and I was so happy that I had an ARC of Empire to jump straight into.

To say Sergio is in a bad way after the tragic events in Elude is a massive understatement. The guy is heartbroken and barely existing but life must go on, and it’s what Andi wanted for him. Ironically, he ends up in a situation where he is expected to enter into another arranged marriage. Only this time it’s to sweet, innocent Val who has led a very sheltered, protective existence under the nurturing watch of her Mafia uncles and her hot-headed brother, Dante.

My heart bled for Serg in this book as he struggled to come to terms with his devastating loss while doing what needed to be done for the family business. I felt everything along with him and his emotions and feelings were so well-written. It was raw and credible and I wanted to consume the grief on his behalf.

However, he acted appallingly toward Val and there really was no excuse. I won’t mention specifics for fear of spoiling the story for anyone, but there were certain scenes that were outrageous and I wanted to jump into my Kindle and throttle him for scaring her so badly.

Val is a little sweetheart who I really warmed to. That said, I found her character transformation far too quick and unbelievable, and it was inconsistent. She didn’t know any of this world existed and while there were some great scenes that showcased her fear and unhappiness overall I felt it was downplayed too much.

I also didn’t ship Val and Serg. Perhaps it’s because I had just read about Andi and Serg, but I couldn’t /didn’t buy into it which took away from the story for me. For me, Andi and Serg were the true partnership, true soulmates, and I didn’t get the attraction between Val and Serg. I was also slightly uncomfortable with the age gap between them. Not that I have any issue with age-gaps per se, but she was young, sweet and innocent and he is the polar opposite. It didn’t sit well with me, but, hey, that’s probably just me.

I adore this world that Rachel has created, and the cast of characters are all interesting and unique (and a bit cray-cray it has to be said.)

It’s written in Rachel’s usual inimitable style and it flowed beautifully.

I am very invested in this series now, and as soon as I can find some down time, I plan to gorge on the first five books in the series.

In summary, this was a good read and if you are a fan of this series or this author then it’s a must read. However, for me, this wouldn’t be one of my favorite RVD reads.

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

EXCERPT:

“Taxi.” I held up my hand. “It’s too cold to walk.”
“Is it?”
“For those of us who have hearts,” I said under my breath.
He paused and then burst out laughing. “Holy shit, was that a dig at me?”
I shrugged as the taxi pulled up.
“Damn, and you’re not even apologizing.”
“It was more of a passing comment under my breath…” I got into the taxi and slid across the cold, worn vinyl seat. “But true.”
Sergio slammed the door after him. “And here I thought I was making a good impression.”
“You offered to kill me if I kissed you.”
The taxi driver frowned into the rearview mirror.
“She’s kidding,” Sergio reassured him.
I refused to let him get off that easy. “You also look at me like you want to throw up.”
Mr. Taxi Driver’s nostrils flared.
“Uh.” Sergio laughed uncomfortably. “I just have a lot on my mind.”
“The wife.”
Taxi Driver’s eyes looked like they were going to bug out of his head. Yeah, this was probably the best entertainment he’d had all day.
“I don’t talk about it,” Sergio said in a drop-the-subject voice.
“Maybe you should.”
“I have enough money to afford a therapist, thank you,” he said through clenched teeth.
“Money doesn’t buy happiness,” I fired back.
Sergio released a string of pithy curses. “Did someone spike your milk this morning during show and tell?”
“Lactose intolerant.”
“Sorry. Your Kool-Aid.” His eyes narrowed. “It’s like you’re trying to piss me off.”
Bingo. I smiled. “Funny, that’s what Dante says to me all the time. Just think of all the things you get to look forward to. Isn’t that what you said you wanted?”
Sergio looked ready to strangle me. “No. I don’t believe I asked for an annoying little sister, but if that’s what you’re offering, please don’t let me stop you. Just know, I won’t hesitate to put you over my knee if you get out of hand.”
The minute the words left his mouth. I froze.
He froze.
The taxi driver stared little laser-like holes into the rearview mirror.
And Sergio leaned toward me.
I swallowed as tension swirled around us.
He gripped me by the chin and turned my head to the side, his lips brushing my ear. “It’s like you have a death wish.”
“You wouldn’t do it.”
He pulled back as both of his eyebrows shot up, and then he looked down, like something had caught his eye.
I followed the direction of his gaze and let out a little gasp as a gun dug into my stomach.
“It’s been directed at you for the last four minutes,” Sergio said through a practiced smile. “I meant what I said. Listen well. I keep my word. Kiss me, and blood will be spilled.”
“Y-you’re a crazy person!” I hissed, shoving at his chest. “And I wasn’t going to kiss you!”
“Sure you weren’t.” He put the gun away. “Good talk though, right? Oh look, the movie theater.”
To say that I scrambled out of the car like a kid running away from her kidnapper would be a gross understatement, but the minute my feet hit the pavement, I paused.
My body told me to run.
The guy had pulled a gun.
On me.
I didn’t even watch violent movies, I’d just panicked and said the first thing that popped into my head!
And I was about to go to the theater with a guy who probably showered in blood on a daily basis and by the looks of it — got off on it.
Shivering, I forced myself to take a deep breath and wrapped my jacket tighter around my body.
That was the thing about men like Sergio, or maybe just loyalty in general. He’d promised he would keep me safe, but I wondered if that promise was only extended until I was more trouble than I was worth.
I was safe, not because of what I was to him.
But because of who my dad had been to him.
I was nothing.
And yet, a part of me still yearned to be… something.
Anything really.
Pathetic.
“Change your mind?” Sergio’s smooth voice interrupted my thoughts. He was the type of man you felt even when he wasn’t speaking. His presence was impossible to ignore, kind of like his ridiculous good looks.
Weren’t mafia guys supposed to be old?
Fat?
Chain smokers who bought Cuban cigars and sat behind large desks while counting money and ordering hits on people who pissed them off?
“No.” I finally found my voice. “I was just thinking….”
“About?” His hand touched my back, ushering me forward, but not pushing, almost as if he was giving me the option of still saying no.
I increased my pace so that I couldn’t feel the warmth of his fingertips. “Popcorn.” I turned and winked, hoping it would hide the fact that my body was shaking.
Maybe I was the crazy one.
Because he was armed.
The man was armed.
And he had no qualms about pointing his weapon at me whenever I got too close.
Huh, we’d have a happy marriage.
I guess we’d never argue, since I liked living.
And, you know, breathing.
It would suck not to make my twenty-first birthday because I didn’t fold the towels just right.
And again, I froze.
Was he that neurotic? Or was it just the closeness?
“On a scale of one to ten…” I was proud of the way I kept the shaking out of my voice. Why was I so scared? Oh right, because he’d pointed a gun, no, shoved a freaking gun into my stomach and done it with a smile on his face. “How OCD are you?”
An easy laugh escaped him as he glanced around the movie theater lobby and then back at me. “What makes you think I’m OCD?”
“Things.” I gulped then forced a smile that I didn’t feel. How was I supposed to go through an entire movie knowing he was one uncomfortable conversation away from losing it? “So?”
“What can I get you?” A teen boy looked at Sergio then smiled wider when his eyes fell to me.
Immediately, Sergio wrapped a protective arm around me, basically forcing my body to curve into his warmth. “My wife and I will have two buckets of popcorn, two packs of Sour Patch Kids, and a bottled water.”
I didn’t correct him about the water.
“Wait.” Sergio held up his hand. “Sorry, Dr. Pepper mixed with Coke.”
The teen scrunched up his face then rung us up. His eyes fell to me again then back at the register, like he was trying not to look but couldn’t help it, which was comical, since I didn’t really think I was anything to look at.
When he handed Sergio back his change I could have sworn I heard a growl from my “husband.”
As it was, he jerked the candy so hard out of the kid’s hands that I was surprised he didn’t do a front flip over the counter.
“He’s a boy,” I whispered under my breath. “No need to shoot him too.”
Sergio glanced down at me, muttered a curse. “He was staring.”
“He looked about one science project away from solving world hunger via his mom’s basement… hardly the type of guy that I’d date.”
“Date?” Sergio said it so loudly the people in front of us waiting to show the attendant their tickets jumped and then turned around. “What the hell do you mean date?”
Crap. I’d messed up again.
My palms went sweaty while my face felt numb with fear. Regardless of how pretty he was to look at — I was finally fully aware of how dangerous he was to me.
To everyone around me.
Sweat trickled down my lower back as I gulped down more soda and shrugged. “I just mean, he’s not my type.”
“No shit he isn’t, because you don’t get a type anymore.”
“Right.” I licked my lower lip, pretending not to be scared, pretending to be the brave person I wasn’t was wearing on me.
By the time we made it into the theater I was dizzy.
It was too much all at once.
“So…” Sergio’s voice was in my ear. I jumped a foot. He frowned as if he couldn’t figure out why I’d be so jumpy. “Dante sits behind you, right?”
“Right.” I exhaled in relief. I forgot. It wasn’t a date. It was a challenge. He’d called me his sister, so therefore he was my brother, right? Hah. I relaxed a bit as I pointed to a seat a few rows back and quickly stole the goodies out of his hands then made my way to my own seat before he could object.
The credits started rolling.
And I found myself ducking in the chair.
The hair on the back of my neck stood on end.
As if I was being watched — because I was.
Ten minutes into the movie, I was so stressed out, I almost burst into tears. My back was to him.
Wasn’t that a big no-no? My back was to the dude with the gun.
Even though he was supposed to protect me with the gun, all bets were off now.
Sweat pooled in the palms of my hands.
The music rose as one of the actresses ran down the stairs screaming.
I couldn’t take it.
And then, a body sat down next to me.
Sergio gave me a suspicious look then put a seat between us.
I exhaled.
But it wasn’t relief.
At least I knew where he was.
And where the gun was, he was right handed, so there was that.
I finally allowed myself to relax enough to watch the movie when I saw Sergio’s right hand duck into his jacket.
I gripped the plastic arm rests, my fingers digging into the cheap sticky plastic material as he slowly pulled something out.
He turned.
And I flinched so hard that there was no mistaking what I thought he was doing.
Even though he had grabbed a black cell phone.
The damage was done.
My entire body shook as a big fat tear escaped, I tried to wipe it away but I wasn’t fast enough.
“S-sorry.” I shoved past him and ran.
But my body was too scared.
Too tired
To make it very far.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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Review: Bait & Switch (Alphas Undone #1) by Kendall Ryan

Bait and switchTitle: Bait & Switch
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Alphas Undone #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’m a rescuer. It’s in my DNA.

Stray dogs. Stray women.

But this one doesn’t need rescuing.

She needs something real, but I never keep the ones I rescue.

I could let her go… but I can’t watch her walk away.

I’m an ex-Navy SEAL, and I never give up on a mission.

Bait & Switch is Book 1 in the new contemporary romance series Alphas Undone, which will each feature a new couple. This is a standalone full-length novel.

My Review:
Bait and Switch is a pulse-pounding, suspense-laden, addictive start to an exciting new series by Kendall Ryan. This book was a scintillating blend of mystery, drama, love and romance, betrayal, confusion, and self-revelation. Consistently paced, superbly written, and with well-developed characters, I blew through this one in no time.

Nolan likes to be in control, in every aspect of his life. Having relegated love to the ‘never never’ pile, he is settled in his Dom relationship with sub Daniella, and he has himself convinced that he is happy. Enter the lovely Lacey and his world turns upside down.

This book has a rather unconventional love triangle that I found very intriguing and refreshing. Certainly, I haven’t read anything like it before. Kendall expertly crafted the story, demonstrating the different emotions of the three players with precision and skill. I felt the maelstrom of emotions, the conflict and unease, distrust and jealousy, angst and upset.

I always love a book that combines mystery/suspense with a healthy dose of sexy times and this book delivered in spades.

I found myself feeling sympathetic toward all three of them, however, I was rooting for Lacey and Nolan the whole time. I also enjoyed Grey’s character, and I look forward to reading Slow and Steady next.

The plot was fairly predictable, and it was building to a certain point, which I then felt was quite rushed in its execution.

Two main things were standout for me: Characterization, and the slow progression of the relationship between Nolan and Lacey. I loved how patient he was with her, how he let her set the pace, and how realistically it developed. It was sweet and sensual and totally captivating.

All in all this was a great read, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. I look forward to continuing this series.

Thanks to the publisher and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

Maybe SomedayTitle: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

My Review:
Is there a cure for a Colleen Hoover addiction because I think I have one. Lol. Stayed up until 5.38am reading this. Yes, 5.38am. I can’t put her books down – they are utterly unputdownable. And man, how does she pack so much emotion into her words? This book damn near ripped my heart right out of my chest. I felt the pain and heartache. Loved Ridge even though what he was doing wasn’t fair to either girl, but it was such a complicated situation. I love how this book explored the concept of being in love with two different people at the same time. It was messy and raw and it hurt like hell. Loved all the witty banter, Colleen writes amazing dialogue. Another winner for my library. Now, let me see, which CH book will I read next?

This quote, which is one of my favorites from the book, pretty much sums up the dilemma at the heart of this story:

“Desire is easy to fight. Especially when the only weapon desire possesses is attraction. It’s not so easy when you’re trying to win a war against the heart.”

Cover Reveal: Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez

Today is the cover reveal for Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Kissing the BrideKissing the Bride (Due South #7.5)
By Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 24, 2016

Blurb:
The countdown is on to the Wedding of the Year, New Zealand!

It’s seven days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot—and it’ll be the most awesomesauce wedding Stewart Island has ever seen if Shaye has anything to do with it. Her All Things Nuptial journal has the big day planned to perfection, but not everything runs like clockwork. While marrying the man of her dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.

WARNING: If you’re new to the Due South world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye’s wedding isn’t the book to start with. Lots of favorite characters join in the wedding craziness—and if you haven’t read the earlier Due South books it’ll just be crazy-confusing.

You can find Kissing the Bride on Goodreads

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Other books in the series:
Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)
Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)
Book 3: Ready To Burn
Book 4: Christmas With You
Book 5: My Forever Valentine
Book 6: Playing For Fun
Book 7: Drawing Me In

Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)Book 3: Ready To BurnBook 4: Christmas With YouBook 5: My Forever ValentineBook 6: Playing For FunBook 7: Drawing Me In

Tracey AlvarezAbout the Author:
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand. Her two series, DUE SOUTH and FAR NORTH, both focus on small coastal towns, close communities, and family.

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Review: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

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ebook WedTitle: Wednesday
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Hard core fucking.

It’s not what I really want, but it’s all he has to offer. He’s filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I’d like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It’d be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I’ve already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.

Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

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My Review:
A short, fun, sexy read that will leave you begging for more.

Kendall Ryan is fast becoming a must-read author for me. When I read an ARC of her latest book, a sample of this book was in the back and I wanted to get my hands on a copy asap, because the premise was SO intriguing. I was, therefore, delighted when the opportunity arose to read this in advance of publication.

It didn’t disappoint. Shaw has suffered the loss of his new wife and he is leaning heavily on his former BFF Chloe for support. It just so happens that that support takes the form of, ahem, “hard-core fucking.” This has been going on for months, and while Chloe initially felt guilty now she’s feeling a maelstrom of different emotions. She’s been in love with Shaw for years and he’s the first guy to set her bed (and her world) on fire so she is reluctant to end their arrangement. But all the sneaking around on Wednesdays and the way he keeps cutting her out is starting to wear her down. Then his actions escalate, becoming confusing and hurtful. It’s not intentional – it’s just that Shaw is a bit of a mess.

Now, initially, I was thinking that Shaw was a right selfish bastard. Yes, he was grieving but it was still no way to treat his childhood friend. There were times where I wish Chloe had pushed him away – she did, eventually, and I was glad that she developed some self-respect and some backbone.

The sex scenes were well written and smoking hot. I liked how their relationship progressed toward the end and it was much more romantic.

There are a couple of moral-dilemma-type issues/situations in this book that make you think (or at least it made me think) and I like when a book is more than just the sum of the expected exterior.

This book was very well written, and it flows smoothly. The characters and plot are as developed as you can get with a novella. Signature Kendall Ryan. A superb choice if you are in the mood for an emotional friends-to-lovers with-a- twist quick read.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Blog Tour: Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey! I’ll share my review with you and there are two teaser images and an excerpt for you to check out!

Too Hot To HandleTitle: Too Hot to Handle
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.

My Review:
Rita has to choose between her head and her heart in this funny, heart-warming tale of finding true love and happiness.

This series has a great premise, and once I read the description, I just knew I had to read this book.

The Clarksons are a mad, eclectic mix of personalities, and I can’t wait to read more of this series to find out what’s in store for the rest of Rita’s siblings. All of them were unique in their own way, and it was refreshing to read about such different characters. Characterization was superb.

All of them are suffering severe emotional baggage, and they are at a crossroads in their lives. They are attempting to rebuild their relationships after the passing of their mom. Their mom was this larger-than-life somewhat-celebrity chef. Rita was her nominated heir and she is in charge of her mom’s restaurant, but she is miserable as sin, and crumbling under the pressure of delivering to the same high standards as her belated mother. She manages to convince her siblings to go on a trip – it was their mom’s last wish- and they hit the road.

Jasper enters the picture when their car breaks down just outside his village. He finds himself instantly attracted to Rita and wants the opportunity to get to know her. He is battling his own demons, which force him to pull back from Rita when he doesn’t actually want to. Consequently, he is sending out all kinds of mixed signals that are confusing Rita. There is a fair amount of angst and back and forth, so you have been warned!

The main focus of the book is the developing relationship between Rita and Jasper and how they both come to terms with the issues they are hiding. While, on the surface, they appear to be in similar situations, they are being drawn in opposite directions. Can they make it work to build a life together?

This book is chock-full of witty banter and hysterically funny scenes and there are plenty of sizzling sexy times, too.

I enjoyed the writing, the setting, and the pacing was bang-on.

The only thing I didn’t like was how this all took place in three days. I had to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the story, because, in reality, Rita would have to be cray-cray to make the decision she did after only three days.

Overall, though, this was a great read, and I look forward to continuing the series.

Thanks to the publisher and publicist for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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“Believe this, Rita. I think you’re gorgeous as sin and I need your mouth on mine.”
Rita nodded, meshing their wet lips together in the process. “I want to believe that. You might have to help me.”
“Thank Christ.”
Their mouths slanted and somehow—somehow—that feast of lips and tongue and teeth was even more potent than the night before. His knee rammed into the bike—almost as if his leg had tried to buckle—shooting pain up his right thigh, but it vanished under the pleasure. Vanished into vapor. The stroking, hot, abandon of Rita. They were both breathing through their noses so as not to break the voracious mouth-fucking they were engaging in, and that shouldn’t have been so all-out sexy. But it sure as shit was. They were attacking each other with seeking tongues and open lips, playing chicken to see who would give in first.
When her hands slipped under his shirt and pulled down on his belt buckle, putting pressure on Jasper’s cock, he cursed into her mouth, securing his fist in her hair like a goddamn barbarian. And she liked it, too. Why else would she be tugging on his belt, encouraging him to rock into the notch of her pussy? Too far. This was going too far. Any farther and they’d end up somewhere naked.
She’d leave the encounter with no doubt of his experience, because, hell, Jasper knew every button to press, when to change rhythm, when to be forceful or pull back. Knew it all. But Rita wouldn’t look at him the same way afterward. She’d see the local tramp, like everyone else.
She’d leave. And he’d have failed in his one attempt to be more to someone.
Jasper tore his mouth free, releasing a gruff exhale into her neck. “You have me ready to bust in my jeans, beautiful. I was smoother than this in high school.”
“That’s a scary thought,” she breathed out in a rush, her fists still curling in his shirt. “Was that the other half of your apology for last night? B-because I have to say, it was pretty effective.”
“At the risk of sounding arrogant, Rita, I haven’t even moved my hips yet. You’ve barely gotten a preview of how thoroughly I can…apologize.”
“Don’t leave me in suspense,” she whispered, those golden-brown eyes going as big as salad plates.
Don’t do it. You’ll have a hard-on for a decade. “If you agree to go out with me tonight, I’ll rub that wet, aching seam of yours with my own ache.”
Rita’s head fell back on a whimper. “Fine. Yes.”

highres-MJB_5140.jpgAbout the Author:
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Review: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

Losing HopeTitle: Losing Hope
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My Review:
I honestly didn’t think I could love Dean Holder any more, but I was wrong. I adored reading this companion novel from his POV and Colleen managed to deliver a fresh, thoroughly engaging read. Sometimes I find that companion novels fail to live up to my expectation and they can often feel like a rehash of the original book. That definitely was not the case with Losing Hope. There are lots of new scenes that we haven’t read before, and we get a really good insight into Holders world.

I loved the journal letters to Les and it was a very creative way of weaving Holder’s twin into the story. I loved how Holder was emotional without being sappy, and I felt so sad for all the guilt he was carrying around over both Les and Hope.

I also loved getting to know Daniel, though I think it’s a little weird that he didn’t feature at all in Hopeless. I thought he was hysterical and quite a unique character.

Colleen sure knows how to write captivating male characters and Holder has skyrocketed to the top of my Book Boyfriend list.

If you have read Hopeless then you MUST read this book. Highly Recommended.

Blog Tour: She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

Today is my stop during the blog tour for She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla! I review this book, there are two teaser images and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

She Laughs In PinkTitle: She Laughs in Pink
Author: Jessica Calla
Series: Sheridan Hall #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate

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My Review:
Wow, what a sensational read! I am still reeling from my sojourn in Sheridan Hall!

Jessica Calla has expertly crafted a heart-wrenching angst-filled love story that will rip you apart and then piece you back together again! I had all the feels reading this one. I love when an author delves deep into the emotional psyche of her characters and strips them raw, so we see them bare, with all their strengths and weaknesses on show (that sounds unintentionally naughty. Lol.) Jessica does this effortlessly with the first book in her Sheridan Hall series.

Juliet (Jules) has been living in the shadow of her dead twin since she passed. She blames herself for her death and she has struggled to move on in her life. Her relationship with her parents is troubled, and she has come to rely heavily on her best friend, Ben. She has even followed him to college, as she is focused on convincing him that he loves her as much as she loves him. A chance encounter with Chase changes the path of her destiny.

Chase has his own demons to battle. Both his parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his loving grandmother. But he went down the wrong path and now he is desperately trying to get his life back on track. The minute he spots Juliet, all his best-laid plans fall out the window. There is an instant attraction between them, but when he realizes who she is, and that she’s in love with his new roommate, he tries to do the honourable thing by backing off.

But the attraction between Jules and Chase is too hard to deny, and soon they are indulging in steamy make-out sessions.

There is a love triangle in this book, but I love me some love-triangle, so I lapped it right up. And boy, is it an angst-ridden ride as Juliet and Chase battle their feelings for one another and try to avoid hurting Ben.

The romance was very well-written and the chemistry between our couple very believable.

One of the best things about this book, beside the well-developed emotionally complex mains, are the fantastic secondary characters. A lively bunch, they have formed their own little family community in Sheridan Hall, and I LOVED that aspect of this book. It really made it stand out from other NA/college stories I’ve read. I came to care about all of them.

The other thing I really loved was the fact that Jules was a ballet dancer and Chase an artist. I was both in my younger years and it resonated with me. It also appeals to my creative side in general. I like that they both supported each other with their passion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, and Ms. Calla writes like a seasoned professional. It’s hard to believe this is only her second published work. The pacing was perfect, and it flowed from beat to beat, and scene to scene, with ease. I didn’t skim a single part as it was all relevant and not bogged down in unnecessary details.

There is a sub-plot that comes out toward the end of the book that I didn’t see coming. I actually think that could have been interwoven a little better from the point we were first introduced to that character, as I felt it added an extra dimension to the story. A little fleshing out would have embellished this plotline; however, it didn’t in any way dent my enjoyment of this book, because, as you can probably tell, I loved it!

There is also a slight paranormal twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting. It reminded me a little, in that regard, of Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer. I liked it, thought it was quirky and interesting.

The toing and froing between our pair became a little irritating in the last quarter of the book. I also disliked the fact that Juliet was slow to make up her mind. The only other thing that grated on my nerves was how Ben initially described Juliet to Chase. He was quite patronizing and dismissive of her and I expected more from him as her best friend. I wished I could reach into my Kindle and slap him on her behalf. Lol. These points are the only reason I knocked off half a star.

Overall, this is a fantastic start to what promises to be a great new NA series. I highly recommend it to fans of the NA genre and well written emotionally-charged romance. I look forward to continuing the series.

Actual Rating 4.5 stars.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Jessica CallaAbout the Author:
Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, author by night. Her favorite time is the kids’ bedtime, when she’s free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart.

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Team Member for the inaugural FicFest writing contest. She also mentors unpublished writers as part of the Young Adult Romance Writers’ mentoring program.

Besides reading and writing, Jessica enjoys movies, yoga, coffee, and chocolate, but has a serious addiction problem when it comes to Diet Coke, Twitter, and Netflix. Always a Jersey Girl, she lives in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and her dog.

Jessica’s first book, The Love Square, an adult contemporary romance, was published by Limitless Publishing in January of 2016 and continues to receive positive reviews. She can’t wait for Book 2 of the Sheridan Hall Series, She Runs Away, to be released in November 2016 by BookFish Books.

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Release Week Blitz: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I share an excerpt fo this book and link to my post where you can read my review. There are also two teaser images, a pre-order giveaway and a tour wide giveaway.

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TPWF_FinalTitle: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars – Read my review here
Genres: YA contemporary romance
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Blurb:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” -Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

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Excerpt:
The expression on her face said he gave great full frontal, and when he laughed, her pink lips split into a wide smile. Her smile transformed her from pretty to beautiful, but my attention swung away from her as tiny hairs rose all over my body. That laugh…it was deep, rich and somehow familiar. A shiver crept over my shoulders. That laugh…
He was walking backward, and I was rather amazed that he didn’t trip over anything, actually somewhat envious of that fact. And then I realized he was heading toward the last half circle. Toward me. I glanced around. There were only a few seats open, two on my left. The girl was following him. Not just following him. Touching him.
Touching him like she’d done it a lot.
Her slim arm was extended, her hand planted in the center of his stomach, just below his chest. She bit down on her lower lip as her hand drifted farther south. Golden bangles dangling from her wrist got awful close to the worn leather belt. My cheeks heated as the boy stepped out of her reach. There was something playful about his movements, as if this dance was a daily routine for them both.
He turned at the end of the desks, stepping behind the occupied chair, and my gaze tracked up narrow hips, over the stomach the girl had touched, up and up, and then I saw his face.
I stopped breathing.
My brain couldn’t perceive what I was seeing. It did not compute. I stared up at him, really saw him, saw a face that was familiar yet new to me, more mature than I remembered but still achingly beautiful. I knew him. Oh my God, I would know him anywhere, even if it had been four years and the last time I’d seen him, that last night that had been so horrible, had changed my life forever.
It was too surreal.
Now the reason why he’d popped in my head this morning made sense, because I’d seen him, but hadn’t realized it was him.
I couldn’t move, couldn’t get enough air into my lungs and couldn’t believe this was happening. My hands slipped off the desk, falling limply into my lap as he dipped into the seat next to me. His gaze was on the girl who took the seat next to him, and his profile, the strong jaw that had only been hinted at the last time I’d seen him, tilted as his eyes moved over the front of the room, across the wall-length chalkboard. He looked like he had back then, but bigger and with everything more…more defined. From the eyebrows darker than the mix of brown and black hair and thick lashes to the broad cheekbones and the slight scruff covering the curve of his jaw.
Goodness, he’d grown up in the way I’d thought he would when I was twelve and started to really look at him, to see him as a boy.
I couldn’t believe he was here. My heart was trying to claw itself out of my chest as lips—lips fuller that I remembered—tilted up, and a knot formed in my belly as the dimple formed in his right cheek. The only dimple he had. No matching set. Just one. My mind raced back through the years, and I could only think of a handful of times I’d seen him relaxed. Leaning back in the chair that seemed too small for him, he slowly turned his head toward me. Eyes that were brown with tiny flecks of gold met mine.
Eyes I’d never forgotten.
The easy, almost lazy smile I’d never seen on his face before froze. His lips parted and a paleness seeped under his tawny skin. Those eyes widened, the gold flecks seeming to expand. He recognized me; I had changed a lot since then, but still, recognition dawned in his features. He was moving again, leaning forward on his seat toward me. Four words roared out of the past and echoed in my head.
Don’t make a sound.
“Mouse?” he breathed.

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JLA_Author-photoAbout the Author:
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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